FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. FoodCorps’ 182 AmeriCorps service members are at 500 schools working with 145 partners in 16 states around the country and Washington, D.C.
FoodCorps’ vision is to create a future in which all our nation’s children––regardless of class, race, or geography––know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. Through FoodCorps’ work, future generations will grow up to lead healthier and more productive lives.
FoodCorps service members approach their service by providing the following three part recipe for healthy kids in their schools and communities:
- Knowledge: food and nutrition education gives kids the information they need to make smart choices
- Engagement: hands-on activities like gardening and cooking foster skills and pride around healthy food
- Access: school lunch trays are filled with nutritious meals from local farms
FoodCorps North Carolina and Warren County Overview
Warren County is one of 9 service sites in North Carolina. FoodCorps service members began service in Warren County in 2011, and have since been teaching nutrition education, engaging students in school gardens, and working with local partners to get fresh produce into the school cafeterias. The Warren County FoodCorps service member is supervised jointly by NC Cooperative Extension’s Warren County Center and by Working Landscapes.
Programs and Projects in Partnership with Working Landscapes
GAP certification: Provide assistance for 3 Warren County farmers in order to get local collard greens and cabbages in our region’s school cafeterias
HACCP and Food Safety Plan Development: Ensure that the Warren Produce Center, the Farm to School processing site in Warrenton, is up to the highest standards of food safety by researching and working towards HACCP and GAP certifications
“What’s Growing On?” Resource Development: Develop resources and guides for cafeteria environment enrichment, local food procurement, and nutrition and local food education for Child Nutrition Directors and Cafeteria Managers in our region.
“What’s Growing On?” Program Implementation: Administer cafeteria and classroom events to get kids engaged in local food, agriculture, and healthy choices in their school cafeterias.
FoodCorps Warren County Projects and Endeavors, Past and Present
In the schools:
FoodCorps administers garden, nutrition, and food education in each of the following public schools in Warren County:
- Mariam Boyd Elementary
- Northside Elementary
- South Warren Elementary
- Vaughan Elementary
- Warren County Middle School
- Warren County High School
- Warren New Tech High School
- Warren Early College High School
Specific programs in the schools:
- Mariam Boyd Elementary: 4th and 5th grade Culinary Club
- Vaughan Elementary: classroom and garden lessons and projects with K-5 Exceptional Children class; “Foods Around the World” event with 4th grade
- Warren County High School: 4-H Garden Gnomes, a group of high schoolers that worked to get their garden GAP certified to make it one of only 2 school gardens in the state to reach that status!
In the community:
- MLK Day of Service at WCHS
- Partnership with community garden at F & M Park in Warrenton
- “Adopt a School Garden” program with Master Gardeners and community volunteers
If you would like to learn more about FoodCorps programs or if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Rachel at Rachel.Head@foodcorps.org.